5th Place Finish for NY at Women's State Team

Photos: USGA/Steve Gibbons


ELMSFORD, N.Y. (September 28, 2017) -- A 7-over final round dropped New York into a tie for fifth come the end of the 12th USGA Women's State Team Championship, Thursday, at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. The conclusion of the event also marked the end of the championship, which is now retired.

Ina Kim of New York City closed out the championship with a 1-over 73, which landed herself a tie for fifth individually at 1-under 215 over the 54 holes of play. Marianna Monaco of Yonkers tallied a 6-over 78, while LeeAnn Lewis of West Gilgo Beach added an 83 to round out the three-for-two scoring for the trio.

Tennessee tallied a 1-under cumulative score on the day, leading to a 1-under total for the championship and a one-shot win over Delaware.

New Jersey's final round was highlighted by a 2-under 70 by Noelle Maertz of Clark and a 1-under 71 from Kelly Sim of Edgewater, which jumped the team into a 10th place finish. Tara Fleming of Jersey City rounded out the trio, tallying a 5-over 76, Thursday.

The USGA's State Team championships began in 1995 as part of the Association's Centennial Celebration. They were conducted on a biennial basis until 2010, when the men and women began alternating years. After a two-year review process with state and regional golf associations, it was announced in March that the USGA would retire its State Team championships at the end of the 2017 season.

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ELMSFORD, N.Y. (September 27, 2017) -- Ina Kim of New York City fired her second consecutive round of 1-under 71 on Wednesday, helping the New York team currently maintain its lead in the 12th USGA Women's State Team Championship at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. The championship concludes Thursday with the final 18 holes, marking the final playing of the competition which is being retired.

Related: Women's State Team Homepage | Scoring

Kim, who is tied for third in the individual competition, had a steadier round on Wednesday, carding four birdies (two on each side) to three bogeys. She birdied Nos. 3 and 6 for the second straight day. Marianna Monaco followed her own opening round of 1-under 71 with a 3-over 74, registering five birdies on the day but also posting a trio of bogeys and an eight on the par-four 3rd hole. In the three-count-two scoring, LeeAnn Lewis rounded out New York's competitors with a 6-over 78, Wednesday.

Tennessee, paced by a current championship-low 67 by Ashley Gilliam on Wednesday, and Florida enter the final day just one shot back of New York. Alabama and Indiana are three shots back at 2-over.

The USGA's State Team championships began in 1995 as part of the Association's Centennial Celebration. They were conducted on a biennial basis until 2010, when the men and women began alternating years. After a two-year review process with state and regional golf associations, it was announced in March that the USGA would retire its State Team championships at the end of the 2017 season.

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ELMSFORD, N.Y. (September 26, 2017) -- Matching rounds of 1-under 71 from Ina Kim and Marianna Monaco paced New York on Tuesday, earning the team a three-shot lead following the opening round of the 12th USGA Women's State Team Championship at The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M. This year's competition marks the final playing of the championship, which is being retired.

Related: Women's State Team Homepage | Scoring

Kim, the 2016 Women's Met Amateur champion from New York City, birdied the first three holes and five of her first six to set the tone early. Though a stretch of holes halted momentum in the middle of the round, Kim played the final eight holes in 1-under en route to her 71. "It was like an out-of-body experience," said Kim about the start. "I couldn't not hit it close to the hole."

Meanwhile, Monaco, the 2017 New York State Women's Amateur champion, played steadily and used her length to her advantage by hitting irons off most par-fours. The Yonkers resident tallied three birdies on her outward nine, while adding a pair of bogeys on the way in. "I hit it long, but I don't always hit it straight," Monaco told the USGA. "And on this course, you can't be wide of the tee. My round was more fairway, green, then two-putt. Other than two bogeys on the back nine, I can't really complain about anything."

LeeAnn Lewis of West Gilgo Beach rounds out the team, which is competing among 46 other states and the District of Columbia for the title. The championship consists of 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with the best two scores for the team counting toward the team score.

Arizona stands in second at 1-over 145, while Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee follow, tying for third at 2-over 146 through the first round.

New Jersey fell to 16th place following the opening round, led by 4-over 76 from Kelly Sim of Edgewater, and a 5-over 77 from recent USGA Women's Senior Amateur semifinalist Tara Fleming of Jersey City. Noelle Maertz of Clark carded a 7-over 79.

The USGA's State Team championships began in 1995 as part of the Association's Centennial Celebration. They were conducted on a biennial basis until 2010, when the men and women began alternating years. After a two-year review process with state and regional golf associations, it was announced in March that the USGA would retire its State Team championships at the end of the 2017 season.

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